TFL’s plans to scrap the 48 bus route will go ahead despite public backlash. The transport body will also make changes to a number of other routes in the East London borough of Hackney.
The autumn consultation on bus route changes has resulted on the impending scrapping of route 48 in October 2019. The 55 will be extended to Walthamstow Central to cover the lost part of the route.
Hackney Council criticised TfL for a lack of engagement and it’s mayor, Phil Glanville said he opposed the changes. He said: “The loss of the 48 is completely unacceptable and will mean cramped remaining services and worse travel conditions for our residents. These are services that our poorest residents rely on.
“But these changes are clearly a direct result of the Tory cuts to London’s transport system ─ TfL have lost their £700 million subsidy from government.
“London is now one of the only major cities in the world with a public transport service that is not subsidised by central government. This is not good enough, and moving forward Labour will continue to call on the government to reinstate the subsidy.”
Deputy mayor and transport chief Cllr Feryal Demirci, who helped lead the #MyRouteMatters that gathered 1,600 signatures for a petition against the cuts, said: “These changes are incredibly disappointing.
“Hackney residents will be disproportionately affected; these bus routes offer more affordable travel for some of our borough’s poorest residents in our least connected neighbourhoods.
“I am however really proud of our local Labour team for leading this vital campaign and speaking up for our residents who rely on their bus services every day. TfL could not ignore Hackney residents that said #MyRouteMatters and I am really pleased we won concessions.”